05 December 2007 16:35 [Source: ICIS news]
By Philippa Jones
PARIS (ICIS news)--The majority of EU member states will miss legally-binding targets for four important pollutants, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Wednesday.
However, the EEA said in a report that only 11 countries were expected to meet the national deadlines defined in the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive.
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Thirteen member states are projected to miss targets for at least one of the four pollutants – though 7 of them were considering “additional” actions in order to meet the 2010 targets, said the EEA.
The ceiling for NOx is the most challenging for countries to meet, according to the report, with 11 member states indicating that, without taking additional measures, they will not reach their ceilings by 2010.
The projected NOx emissions for the EU-25 by 2010 are 8 % above the aggregated ceiling.
Efforts to reduce NMVOC emissions have been more successful, with only four member states -
NMVOC projections for the EU-25 as a whole are 5 % below the aggregated ceiling.
Only two countries -
The NH3 projections for the EU-25 are 7 % below the aggregated EU emission ceiling target and 17 member states have already reduced ammonia emissions below their respective ceilings. Only
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